Funeral Director in Blog Post: 'F--- You, Opioids'
He says he's not prone to profanity, but he's overwhelmed by what he's seen
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2017 2:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A New Jersey funeral director heartbroken and overwhelmed at the opioid deaths he's seen in his line of work minced no words in a blog post he published on the funeral home's website this week. "F**k you, Opioids," reads the headline of the post on the Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home's page. "What am I supposed to say when we get a call from someone telling me that a loved one has passed from an overdose? I’m sorry? Please accept my condolences?" writes Peter Kulbacki. "Yeah, that’s what I say, but you know what? My visceral response when I hang up the phone is F**K you opioids."

Kulbacki, who describes himself as a "consummate professional" not normally prone to swearing, says there's a problem—particularly in his county. He recounts stories of police officers who have to return to the station for more Narcan mid-shift because they've already used the initial two doses they take on patrol with them, and families devastated by addiction turned fatal. "We have to stand and fight….as a community," the post concludes. "We have to beat this horrible monster." The post has gone viral, and Kulbacki tells ABC 7 he's received mostly positive feedback. He tells NJ 101.5 he felt he had to write about it after the "notable increase" in overdose deaths he's seen. He's been in the funeral business 40 years, and he tells Philly.com he hopes the conversation around his piece will lead to some solutions.

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